Cash smuggling: Convict Forfeits $511,225 to FG

MALACHY UZENDU, Deputy Editor, Abuja

 JUSTICE Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos yesterday convicted one Kutumisana Mbuta Blaise, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for money laundering.

Blaise was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on a court charge bothering on money laundering sequel to his arrest at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, for being in  possession of $511,225.00 cash which he failed to declare to the Nigerian Customs Service as required by the provisions of Section 2(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012).

Upon reading the charge to him in court when the matter started, he had pleaded he was not guilty.

However, after diligent prosecution by the EFCC, Justice Buba found him guilty as charged.

According to the Judge: “The court is satisfied that the prosecution proved his case beyond reasonable doubt and thereby finds you Kutumisana Mbuta Blaise guilty of the allegation contained in the one count charge before the court and hereby convict you of the offence of failure to declare the sum of five hundred and eleven thousand, two hundred and twenty-five United States Dollars in contravention to section 2(3) Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012) and punishable under section 2(5) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012).”

The convict was also ordered to forfeit the entire amount of money on him to the government in line with provisions of the Money Laundering Act.



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